Bad Boys for Life
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Pretty sad tale of a kid trapped in a life ruined by his mom in France.
Exploration of sexuality in a mid-20th century Belgium is wonderfully shown in this film, which tackles young love and lust. I wish the characters were more developed in terms of Pim's attraction to his mother's partner, but overall Pim's relationship is very well emotionally developed.
Slow building yet well done coming of age story for a gay boy in Flanders. Brings home the angst, longing and reading so much in to every little thing so many of us went through as teenagers.
Short but slow, the characters are quite well realized, and it's got a few very touching scenes to reward you if you can get past the first twenty minutes.
A rather melancholy film, with great performances, and sharp direction. Even if the film ends a little abruptly
Very well-known story line but represented with beautiful cinematography.
I loved North Sea Texas. I was a lot like Pim. Shy, dreamy, curious, romantic, strong-willed, and resolute. After reading what audience members and critics had to say, I noticed no one has mentioned the smaller boy lying at the water's edge, drowned I suppose, when Pim runs naked across the beach. Is the drowned boy a dream? Who is he? I don't know how he'd fit into the plot, and he might confuse an audience when the next scene is a funeral procession, presumably for Gino and Sabrina's mom. This movie really gets to your heart. For me the point is unconditional acceptance. Maybe the somewhat wooden and two-dimensional characters are that way for this reason.
Beautiful in many ways,fantastic cinematography, a very well-known storyline,but still with the amazing talents of the young lead it managed to deliver in all possible ways.
hard to understand, but good movie.
A frustrating drama that uses a teenage boy's sexual awakening to shape a narrative that drags so unforgivably and seems constructed solely around endless silences, "meaningful glances" and contrived situations, and it doesn't help a bit that the acting is terrible.